Linda Mason, Director & Global Leadership Council Chair

Linda Mason

Linda Mason is an entrepreneur and advocate for early childhood education who has leveraged her diverse experience across sectors to support Mercy Corps’ mission for 20 years.

Linda joined the board of directors in 1999 because she believed in the organisation’s mission and programming.

She currently serves as a director and is the chair of the global leadership council. In her roles, she most enjoys traveling to see the important work happening on the ground, including the talent and commitment of the global field leadership.

Linda is the founder and co-chair of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the largest worldwide provider of worksite childcare and early education, which has been named by Fortune magazine as one of the 100 best companies to work for in America 16 times.

She was one of five recipients of the Ron Brown Award for Corporate Leadership presented by President Bill Clinton, and received EY’s National Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1996. She has been named one of Business Week's best entrepreneurs, and one of Working Mother magazine’s 25 most influential working mothers in America.

Additionally, Linda co-founded Horizons for Homeless Children, a Boston-based organisation that serves the needs of homeless children throughout New England. She has also written and spoken broadly on early education and the issues of corporate work-life policies and challenges, including authoring the book “The Working Mother’s Guide to Life.”

Earlier in her career, Linda served as Save the Children's country director in Sudan, overseeing emergency programming for refugees and people affected by famine. She also worked for CARE in Cambodia, directing a large food programme for malnourished children in refugee camps. She has a bachelor’s degree in art history and piano performance from Cornell University, and an MBA from Yale University.

Linda is originally from central New York state. She spends her free time hiking, traveling and with family and friends.